Akirij Meets His Disney “Favs”

Akirij, diagnosed with severe (level 3) autism, enjoyed a family trip to the Florida Theme Parks. He had a fabulous time visiting his favorite Disney Characters, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, and spending time with his family!

Thank you from Akirij’s Family

“We truly enjoyed this EXPERIENCE!! Being able to turn our dreams into reality!! Something my kids will talk about and memories we will have forever to look back on!! These are moments I prayed for!! We are truly blessed and overjoyed it was better than we could ever imagine!! It also gave us time to take a well-needed vacation for the kids to feel free and comfortable. They were stress free and had no worries!! Our family appreciated the staff at the Dream Village for going out of there way making sure we were taken care of in any shape, form, and fashion!! THANK YOU also for your outstanding communication whenever it was needed. Akirij said this was the best birthday and dream. This dream couldn’t have been done without all the sponsors and The Sunshine Foundation. THANK YOU so much for granting my son a dream!” Akirij’s mother, Anesha

Akirij’s Diagnosis

Akirij has been diagnosed with severe level 3 autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined by the CDC as “a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.” Autism affects each person differently, and their ability to function can vary significantly. Low-functioning autism is a term used to define children and adults with the most severe form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


We are very grateful to Adopt a Dream donors and students and families from Oakwood School in Virginia, who helped make Akirij’s dream come true!

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